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Homemade Almond Butter

Almond butter

I love nut butters!  When I was a kid there was nothing quite as satisfying as a piece of toast with a huge smear of peanut butter all over it…and strawberry jelly, of course.  And then there’s that weird thing I did when I had a peanut butter and jelly on untoasted bread.  I’d eat around the edges of the sandwich first to get rid of the crust, saving the sweet gooey middle for last.  Has anyone ever heard of someone doing this before?  I hope I’m not the only weirdo. 😄.  I was basically making my own Smucker’s Uncrustable. 😉

Now that I’m an adult I’ve branched out to love all manner of nut butter.  Cashew butter is amazing, cookie butter doesn’t count but it’s still awesome and I like to talk about it whenever I can, and then there’s almond butter.  Almonds are so ridiculously good for you that making them into a nut butter is a no brainier.

I really love making my own butter butters.  A while ago I posted my homemade peanut butter.  Well, I just couldn’t help myself.  This is for all the almond fans.

There are several wonderful things about making your own almond butter.  Firstly, you can guarantee that there is no partially hydrogenated vegetable oil or palm oil in it.  I love knowing exactly what’s in my almond butter.

Almond butter

Second, you can jazz it up to your heart’s content.  So whip out those jazz hands and feel free to add a little cinnamon or vanilla to the final product.  Or perhaps a little brown sugar?  Then just imagine how it would be in stuffed French toast?  Or you could add a little bit of a high quality dark chocolate bar to the almonds when you’re blending them.  Mmm.  You can be like the Dr. Frankenstein of delicious things!   And I love to use this as a substitute in peanut sauces.  Mmm, almond sauce. You have to try it!

Another really fun thing to do is blend different kinds of nuts together.  Just a head’s up: hazelnuts and almonds are fantastic together.

One last thing to keep in mind before you attempt to make any kind of nut butter is the quality of your food processor/Vitamix.  If ol’ Bessy’s had a good run but smells like smoke when you turn her on (ahem…I’m talking to you, old food processor), then you might want to wait until you get a new machine to make this.  The almond butter can get quite warm while it’s blending, and if you’re machine isn’t Rocky, you may hear faint weeping from it while you try to do this. 😉.

Happy sandwiches!  xoxo.

Almond butter

Homemade Almond Butter
 
Ingredients
  • 2 cups roasted unsalted almonds
  • Optional add ins (chocolate bars or chocolate chips, brown sugar, cinnamon, etc.)
Instructions
  1. Place the almonds in a high-powered food processor or Vitamix.
  2. Blend for 7-9 minutes, stopping the processor to scrape down the almonds if you have to. The almond butter should be creamy and smooth.
  3. If using any optional mix ins, add them to the blended almonds and mix an additional minute to combine thoroughly.
  4. Store in the fridge.

 

{ 18 comments… add one }
  • Aria January 19, 2016, 3:31 pm

    This looks so, so, so delicious. I love almond butter! Must give a try! I would probably put chocolate in it 🙂

    • Amanda January 20, 2016, 9:48 am

      Thanks! Yes, chocolate is a very good idea!

  • Shelby @ Go Eat and Repeat January 19, 2016, 7:42 pm

    Oh my gosh I do that with my food too! I used to do it all the time when I got a Cosmic Brownie and I would eat around the brownie and save the part with the most sprinkles on it until the end! So you’re not a weirdo! I also love this almond butter recipe! I’ve never tried making any kind of butter before so I definitely need to start!

    • Amanda January 20, 2016, 9:50 am

      I’m so glad I’m not the only one! I’ve done that with brownies too, especially when I have an end piece so I can get rid of the crispy edge and have the goo for last. 😀

  • Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice January 20, 2016, 6:10 am

    So I’m pretty much obsessed with cookie butter and can’t keep it in my house, otherwise I’ll eat the whole jar in 2 days! But I’m also loving nut butters! This homemade version looks fantastic, Amanda! I bet this tastes SO good on just about anything!

    • Amanda January 20, 2016, 9:51 am

      Isn’t cookie butter the best? Or maybe the worst, considering your viewpoint. Haha. Sometimes I like to have a tablespoon of almond butter with a couple dark chocolate chips on I for a snack. 🙂

  • Sina @ Vegan Heaven January 21, 2016, 5:58 am

    This looks so delicious, Amanda! I absolutely love almond butter! 🙂

    • Amanda January 23, 2016, 10:00 am

      Thanks, Sina! I could eat it every day!

  • Cheyanne @ No Spoon Necessary January 21, 2016, 8:47 am

    Homemade nut butters truly are the jam! Loving your homemade almond butter, Amanda! I could smear this on ALL the things, including my fingers! 🙂 Yum Yum! Cheers!
    P.S I used to eat the crust first too. <3

    • Amanda January 23, 2016, 10:01 am

      Thanks! And I’m glad you are the crust first too. I’m glad to know I’m not the only one. 🙂. I never wanted the crust cut off, I just always ate it first. Weird.

  • Megan - The Emotional Baker January 21, 2016, 10:19 am

    I’m a sucker for a good nut butter! I’ve only made my own once, but I can’t wait to make more!

    • Amanda January 23, 2016, 10:02 am

      Thanks, Megan! I love a good nut butters too. Sometimes I think I treat nut butters the way some people treat wine! 😉

  • Kate @ Framed Cooks January 22, 2016, 6:31 am

    I have a Vitamix that LIVES for assignments like this one – almond butter, here I come!

    • Amanda January 23, 2016, 10:03 am

      Thanks, Kate. Isn’t the Vitamix a fantastic invention? That thing could crush up rocks. 😉

  • Kathy @ Beyond the Chicken Coop January 22, 2016, 7:10 am

    I love almond butter…but hate peanut butter! I know…it’s strange to be the only person on the planet not loving peanut butter. I really like almond butter on apples! I need to try making my own. It sounds very easy!

    • Amanda January 23, 2016, 10:05 am

      Thanks, Kathy! I love that there are so many varieties of nut butters today for people who don’t care for peanut butter. Next if really like to try sunflower seed butter.

  • annie@ciaochowbambina January 22, 2016, 9:46 pm

    Mmmmm – my jazz hands would be all over a dash of cinnamon with this almond butter! When I was in 2nd grade my best friend and I made homemade peanut butter…little did I know that was the start of something good!

    • Amanda January 23, 2016, 10:06 am

      Wow! I give you two huge thumbs up for making peanut butter in 2nd grade! I love it. That’s amazing!

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